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Gifting 100 Years Ago And Today: A Simple Guide To Evergreen Gifting

Gifting 100 Years Ago And Today: A Simple Guide To Evergreen Gifting


With gift-giving being almost as old as humans themselves, we have long given gifts to our loved ones in celebration of an occasion or to reward a behavior. But over time, the items that are commonly given as gifts often change as things go out of style, become obsolete, or simply don’t get used anymore.

While plenty of gifts have come and gone over the years, there are also some that have remained popular over the last century. This article is going to take a closer look at a couple of gifts that people are happy to receive today, just as they were 100 years ago.

#1. Wallets

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A wallet is something nearly everyone carries with them every day to safely store cash, cards, ID, and more. In addition to their primary function, wallets can also be an important part of an outfit, and you make a statement every time you take it out.

They have long been a popular gift for men and women alike. You can get a variety of different types– from colors, to material, and finishing–and there is a wallet to suit various preferences. There are fabric wallets, traditional leather wallets and even alligator wallets.

When choosing which wallet to give as a gift, make sure it is well-made, and the right size for your recipient’s needs.

#2. Pieces of jewelry or accessories

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Jewelry is another type of gift that has long been popular and will continue to be in the future. While the “style” of popular jewelry has changed, the notion of gifting a piece of jewelry to a loved one has not. This could be a set of earrings, a necklace, a ring, a bracelet, and many others.

These can be cheap, affordable, and feature a variety of different gems and precious metals. In addition to jewelry, other accessories are also commonly given as gifts like purses, sunglasses, and ties.

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Few gifts are as versatile and beloved as flowers. They are commonly given on valentines day, Mother’s day, to celebrate a graduation and several other occasions. Not only do they look beautiful, but they can also fill a room with a very pleasant aroma.

Also, different flowers have different meanings, so be sure to do some research to find one that signifies the message you are trying to send. No matter the recipient of your gift, there’s a good chance you’ll come across a flower they’ll enjoy. Flowers come in every color, style, and size you could imagine and are sure to put a smile on the face of anyone who receives them.


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Clothing trends and styles come and go every few years, but articles of clothing are a gift that will always be appreciated. Everyone loves updating their wardrobe every so often and gifting someone a nice new outfit is a great way to do that. There’re also different subsets of clothing that can be given. They range from hobby-specific clothing like sports jerseys and gym wear to casual items like a nice new pair of jeans, a few shirts, or some new shoes.

Be sure to get the right size for any clothing you give to someone, and make sure it is something they will love to wear.

#5. Food and Beverage

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Who doesn’t love snacks? As a result, food and beverages are great gifts, just as they were a century ago. This could be some tea, homemade brownies, a food subscription box, or even some sweets from the market. Food and beverages can be fairly practical and small, or you can go over the top and get a giant cake made for them.

In addition to food or beverages, gifting cooking items and/or paraphernalia is also a popular gift. This could be an air-fryer, a coffee maker, some new kitchen tools and utensils, a rice cooker, and a variety of others.

Just as they were a century ago, these gifts are still commonly given and received today. These evergreen gifts will never go out of style and will surely impress recipients today, just as they did in the past.

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